What is Domiciliary Care?

Domiciliary Care is where individuals and families are supported with assisted living help tailored to their specific requirements and habits in the comfort of their own home.

Domiciliary Care, also known as home care, is a workable option as an alternative to a residential care home. This type of care at home allows individuals who require varying levels of assistance (due to illness, long-term medical concerns, or age) to live in their own homes independently or for longer than previously possible.

Domiciliary Care can range from a one-hour visit to a Care Professional living with you 24 hours a day.

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What Does Domiciliary Care Involve?

Domiciliary Care involves a range of daily living tasks. Our Care Professionals can provide companionship, emotional support, and physical assistance with everyday tasks such as:

  • Household tasks
  • Cooking
  • Medication assistance and management
  • Cleaning and laundry
  • Bathing and personal care
  • Dressing
  • Pet care
  • Companionship
  • Specialist care such as dementia care, palliative care, overnight care & live-in care

Domiciliary care can also help with the monitoring of health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. 

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Types of Domiciliary Care services

Companionship care:

Domiciliary care can begin with something as simple as someone dropping in for a cup of tea and a talk. This is known as companionship care, and it often entails a social visit, shopping assistance, and occasionally engaging in activities and hobbies. It is vital in helping to avoid the health issues that social isolation can cause and is a great way to introduce professional care ahead of the need for any additional support needs that may develop. 

Home help & support:

A  Care Professional will come to your home as often as you would like to assist you with the following day-to-day activities:

  • Companionship
  • Medication management
  • Household chores
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal prep
  • Running errands
  • Social activities

And other tasks that help you maintain your home,

This will help to ensure a safe and healthy living environment is maintained along with appropriate nutrition and hydration to avoid illness and potential hospitalisation.

Domiciliary Care with two Care Professionals:

We can provide domiciliary care with two Care Professionals if you require assistance getting in and out of bed or walking—an ideal solution for those who need around-the-clock supervision.

Multiple care visits per day:

Many of our clients introduce the idea of care to their loved ones and enjoy multiple visits per day from their Care Professional. You can select the times you feel would be most beneficial. For example, meal times, bathing times, bedtimes.

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What are the benefits of Domiciliary Care?

The real benefit of Domiciliary Care is that it is provided in your own home, avoiding the need to move into a care home or residential senior living facility.

Other advantages include the fact that Domiciliary Care Services are usually less expensive than residential care. 

With our visiting care, you are receiving one-to-one personalised support because you pay by the hour and don’t have the expense of paying for the facility you are cared for in.

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How Domiciliary Care works with Home Instead

Many families choose domiciliary care as it is a more personal approach to care. 

Our care plans are tailored to you with one-on-one personal attention and support. Home visits range from 3 hours per week to numerous visits per day or overnight care and specialised support. There are also options for a live-in Care Professional to reside with you at home and provide care when it’s needed the most.

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Why choose Domiciliary Care over a Care Home?

Domiciliary Care Clients receive personalised and dedicated attention in their own homes, including assistance with all their daily activities and personal needs providing companionship, specialised care,  offering protection for fall prevention and emergency response by calling emergency services when necessary. 

Domiciliary Care is typically a more affordable option than a care home or assisted living facility.

Additionally, it also gives flexibility for families to spend more time with their loved one.

What is the difference between Domiciliary Care services and residential care?

Simply put, domiciliary care is delivered in a person’s own home, whereas residential care entails remaining continuously in a specialised facility designed to provide care.

Is Domiciliary care better than residential care?

Those who require nursing care may have care demands that are too severe to be met in a domestic environment, so residential care is usually a better alternative than domiciliary care.

Many people do not require residential care but have previously lived in a residential home or sheltered housing due to a lack of knowledge about care options at home. Domiciliary care provides comfort and allows individuals to stay in their home surrounded by memories and familiar items collected throughout the years.

This type of care is better as it encourages clients to continue living independently and remain close to loved ones and friends. 

Is it possible to have Specialised Care?

Domiciliary Care is perfect for those with a chronic disability, physical disability or palliative care needs.

Your first step should be to contact your GP, consultant, or us here at Home Instead Hereford if you believe you have special care needs. We will all be able to do a care assessment to decide if Domiciliary Care is appropriate and identify any equipment you’ll require to live safely, comfortably in your own home.

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Home Instead Hereford Domiciliary Care

Here at Home Instead Hereford, we make it possible to stay in the comfort of your home while receiving the level of support you need.  Our Care Professionals are kind and compassionate individuals who will go above and beyond to deliver care with the dignity and respect you deserve. Home Instead Hereford provides a wide range of high-quality Domiciliary Care Services throughout Hereford, Belmont, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and surrounding areas

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